Anointing of the Sick

“As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.  Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and the disciples told Jesus about her at once.  He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up.”  Mark 1:30-31

Symbols of anointing

symbol of anointing of the sickEveryone at some time or other will experience illness or suffering. The Gospels relate numerous times of Jesus healing the sick by the laying on of hands or a simple touch.  He healed all who were in need of healing.  The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is a continuation of this healing   ministry of Jesus.                       

anointing of the sick

Because of its very nature as a sign, the sacrament of the anointing of the sick should be celebrated with members of the Christian Community or members of ones family.  Communal anointing is a powerful witness to the church community.  Those who present themselves for anointing are expressing their dependence on God and acknowledging their own limitations.   It may also occur in the Home, Hospital, or at the site of an accident.   The presence of family or friends is encouraged for anointing’s outside of church.

Who should present themselves for anointing?        St. James prayer
Members of the faithful, of all ages, who are physically/ mentally ill or of old age may present themselves for anointing.  Serious illness, disability or impending surgery is good reason to request Anointing.  The question to ask yourself, will I benefit from Christ’s healing touch and the prayers of the Church?

How do I arrange for an anointing?
  1. Attend the church community anointing.
  2.  Call the Church an request an anointing.  The secretary will notify the priest.
  3. If in the Hospital, call the hospital Chaplain of the hospital who will notify the priest.
  4. Make a personal request of the pastor or assistant pastor.

Contact Persons:
Father Kevin Boucher – 701-232-2414, ext. 123
Father Reese Weber    – 701-232-2414, ext. 122
Sister Sharon Houle – 701-232-2414, ext. 126
Office:  701-232-2414

Eucharistic Ministry to the Sick

bread and chalice imageMission Statement

We, members of Nativity Community, live out our baptismal call by distributing communion to those who are ill.  Jesus….”taking the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.  They all ate and were satisfied….,”  (Matthew 14:19-20)

We who have received Christ’s love and gift of Himself in the Eucharist, respond through a ministry of love and service.  The Eucharist teaches us about human dignity, calls us to a right relationship with God, ourselves and others.  We are transformed and sent forth to fulfill God’s will by sharing our gifts with others through ministry.  (Nativity Church of Fargo)

women in hospital communionAre you interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister of the Sick?
    1.  Commitment – 1 day a month for 30minutes to hour.
2.  Preparation:
a.   Complete Sanford orientation volunteer program.
b.  receive certificate of appointment as EMHC.
c.  learn the procedure for distributing communion.
d.  accompany another EMHC at the hospital x2
If you are interested please contact Sister Sharon Houle, 701-232-2412, ext. 126 or email: